23 Cold Soup Recipes: A Refreshing Light Meal For Sweltering Summer Days

If you associate soups only with winter, it’s time to expand your horizons! Many global cuisines feature cold soups that are ideal for hot days. Even during a heatwave, you still need delicious meals! We have 23 refreshing recipes, from classic gazpacho to Cold Soba Soup, and dishes made with roasted red peppers, beets, cucumbers, and zucchini – even pears, mangoes, blueberries and watermelon.

Cold Soba Soup with Watercress & Radishes

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Based on vegetable broth and enriched with tofu, this soup features soy sauce, ginger, Sriracha, watercress, peas, daikon, and of course, slurpy soba noodles. Get the recipe for Cold Soba Soup with Watercress & Radishes.


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Classic gazpacho with tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and a zippy drizzle of sherry vinegar. Get the recipe for Gazpacho.

Andalusian Gazpacho 

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In a hot weather there’s nothing better than a bowl of cold fresh soup. This Spain Gazpacho recipe uses simple ingredients and requires zero cooking time. Just blend it, chill and serve. Andalusian Gazpacho Recipe.

Cucumber Almond Milk Gazpacho

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Cucumbers, almonds, spinach, mint leaves – and sourdough bread – are blended with almond milk for a creamy, full-bodied soup. Get the recipe for Cucumber Almond Milk Gazpacho.

Cold Watermelon Soup in Gazpacho Style

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This watermelon soup is a cold, refreshing, and sweet-savory summer soup that is prepared in gazpacho style. It means blended raw without straining and serve chilled. This soup will surely cool you down on a hot summer day. Get the recipe for Cold Watermelon Soup in Gazpacho Style.

Cold Roasted Red Pepper Soup

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This light and creamy chilled roasted red pepper soup is a mouthwatering way to fill you up and cool you down without weighing you down! Made with crisp red peppers, fresh vegetables, and flavorful herbs, this cold soup is an excellent addition to your summer menu. Get the recipe for Cold Roasted Red Pepper Soup.

Gazpacho Shooters

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Gazpacho shooters are a perfect way to kick off a summer party. I like to start a summer party with cheese, crackers, hummus, and some grapes or cherries. Just as I put the meat / fish on the grill for the non-vegetarians in the group (which is usually everyone), I bring out a pitcher of gazpacho and little glasses. If the gazpacho is more puree than chunky, guests can drink it right from the glass. But I like my gazpacho a little chunky, so I serve it in a short glass with a spoon. Get the recipe.

Chilled Cucumber Soup with Watercress

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This chilled cucumber soup hits the spot on a hot summer day for lunch or a starter for a dinner party. Like many others, it includes yogurt, but it also uses buttermilk for a little tang. It includes fresh watercress and is topped with a summer salsa of tomatoes, avocado, cilantro and white onion. 

Make this ahead, and chill for at least 30 minutes, but ideally the day before you serve it. The extra chill time allows the flavors to develop. Get the recipe.

Watercress and Buttermilk Vichyssoise

Watercress and Buttermilk Vichyssoise.
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Potatoes, peppery watercress, tangy buttermilk, sautéed leeks in butter. This is a classic gently tweaked. Get the recipe.

Cold Borscht

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Refreshing and delicious Cold Borscht or as they also call it in several Eastern European countries – Holodnik. Super easy to make and great for lunch or dinner, especially during hot summer days. Cold Borscht Recipe. Get the recipe for Cold Borscht.

Mango Soup with Coconut & Lime

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Chilled tropical mango soup —  pureed mango + coconut milk + lime juice = quick trip to Hawaii! Get the recipe.

Spicy Green Goddess Gazpacho

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This beautiful green summer is soup so light and creamy, you’ll be glad you’re an all-season soup lover! Spicy Green Goddess Gazpacho starts with coconut milk blended up with crispy cucumbers, rich avocados, and bright herbs, lemon and miso. A serrano pepper adds delightful spice. It’s a flavorsome chilled treat on a hot summer day! Get the recipe for Spicy Green Goddess Gazpacho.

Okroshka – Cold Summer Soup

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Okroshka soup made with boiled and fresh vegetables, eggs, fresh summer herbs, and cooked meat is a healthy Eastern European dish. This cold summer soup is a perfect option for hot summer days when the thought of spending too much time near the hot stove is not as exciting. Get the recipe for Okroshka – Cold Summer Soup.

Gazpacho with Crispy Chickpeas

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In the heat of summer few things are more satisfying than Gazpacho. To make this chilled Spanish-style tomato soup a meal, top it with protein-packed crispy chickpeas. Get the recipe.


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Tarator is a cold soup made with yogurt and cucumbers. This Bulgarian dish is perfect for a light meal in the heat of summertime and would be delicious with a slice of crusty bread! Get the recipe.

Chilled Blueberry Soup

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This is the perfect cool-down for a long summer day. This cold blueberry soup goes together quickly and will make you wish that summer will never go away, no matter how high the temperature is reading. Get the recipe

Cucumber Gazpacho

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This cucumber gazpacho has a creamy texture from avocado and soaked cashews, highlighted with lime, basil, and mint. It’s a great way to refresh on a hot summer day. Get the recipe.

Zucchini Soup 

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Zucchini Soup is an easy summer soup recipe made with a few simple ingredients and a splash of cream. I love all of the amazing zucchini that is in stores during the summer and I’ve been taking full advantage of it this month with some of these easy zucchini recipes. Get the recipe for Zucchini Soup.

Vegan Cold Pear Soup

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A sweet and savoury vegan cold pear soup! It’s naturally sweet, thanks to ripe pears, and it’s incredibly flavourful, despite only having 8 ingredients. Makes a fabulously unique starter or dessert that’s ready in just 25 minutes. Get the recipe for Vegan Cold Pear Soup.

Summer Sweet Corn Gazpacho

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This summer sweet corn gazpacho is a creamy, cold soup full of flavor from fresh summer vegetables! Topped with fresh corn, cherry tomatoes, and basil, it’s light, fresh, and perfect for enjoying on a hot summer day! Get the recipe for Summer Sweet Corn Gazpacho.

Spanish Salmorejo Recipe (Cold Tomato Soup)

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While there’s nothing better than hot tomato soup on a cold day, the reverse is true for the warmer months. This cold tomato soup is thick and creamy with a perky acidity from good sherry wine vinegar. This easy Salmorejo recipe is an Andalusian classic that just needs a few good ingredients to make it splendorous. I consider this chilled Spanish tomato soup to be a thicker, creamier gazpacho. It tastes light and refreshing, but with a silky luxurious mouth feel that’s perfect for the hot summer months. Get the recipe for Spanish Salmorejo Recipe (Cold Tomato Soup).

Watermelon Gazpacho with Serrano Chiles and Mint

Watermelon gazpacho with chiles and mint.
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Watermelon Gazpacho with Serrano Chiles and Mint is the perfect refreshing way to cool off on a hot summer day! Get the recipe for Watermelon Gazpacho with Serrano Chiles and Mint.

Raspberry Jalapeño Soup

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This chilled raspberry jalapeño soup is great for a summer brunch or light lunch. It’s fruity and creamy with a kick, and will make you question everything you know about soup. Get the recipe for Raspberry Jalapeño Soup.

20 Homemade Sorbets, Sherbets, Granitas, Popsicles And Ices For Summer Fun!

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Ice cream and gelato get a lot of love, but sometimes we want an icy treat that is a bit lighter. Enter the world of Sorbets, Sherbets, Granitas, Pops, and Ices! And trust us: if you think these cannot be as satisfying as ice cream, we suggest you try our Chocolate Sorbet right now. Dairy-free, yet rich and creamy. Twenty in all featuring pineapple, strawberries, espresso, papaya, lime, cherries, banana, coconut and all the flavors you crave.

READ: 20 Homemade Sorbets, Sherbets, Granitas, Popsicles And Ices For Summer Fun!

18 Healthy Summer Snacks That Help You Beat The Heat & Sustain Energy

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We are big snackers around here, and in the summer, we do like lighter snacks – and they are even better if they help cool us down. Luckily, there are loads to choose from, both sweet and savory. Are your favorites listed? Or, which new-to-you one will you try first?

READ: 18 Healthy Summer Snacks That Help You Beat The Heat & Sustain Energy

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  • Dede Wilson

    Dédé Wilson is a journalist with over 17 cookbooks to her name and is the co-founder and managing partner of the digital media partnership Shift Works Partners LLC, currently publishing through two online media brands, FODMAP Everyday® and The Queen Zone.

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